And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.
A psalm of Dawid
1 Adonai, I call to You—come quickly to me!
Hear my voice when I call to You.
2 May my prayer be set before You like incense.
May the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.
3 Set a guard, Adonai, over my mouth.
Keep watch over the door of my lips.
4 Let not my heart turn to any evil thing,
to practice deeds of wickedness
with men that work iniquity,
nor let me eat of their delicacies.
5 Let the righteous strike me—it is kindness.
Let him correct me—it is oil on my head
—my head will not refuse it.
Yet still my prayer is against their wickedness.
The symbol of the incense is the prayers of the saints.
A saint that does not have a prayer life does not have much incense. The saint that prays daily shall have plenty of golden censer to contain all his/her prayers in heaven.
A saint that does not have a prayer life does not have much incense.
In the Holy Place in the Heykal (Temple) there were three pieces of “furniture”.
30 And thou shalt set upon the table shewbread before me alway.
31 And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same.
Common worshipers did not enter the tabernacle tent, only kohanim. Once inside the Holy Place, the kohanim would see the table of showbread to their right, a golden lampstand to their left, and an altar of incense ahead, just in front of the veil separating the two chambers.
Now all of us may immediately recognize how Y’shua came to represent the Bread (right) and the Lamp (left).
John 6|35 And Jesus said unto them, I AM the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
John 9|5 As long as I AM in the world, I AM “the light of the world”.
(The Light Of The World is the name given to the golden lampstands in the Heykal, which were lit up during Yom Kippur.)
The third piece of furnishing in the Holy Place is the altar of incense. The arrangement was a miniature of a copy of the heavenly throne room.
The Holy Place can only be accessed once a year by the Kohan Gadol (High Priest) on the Day of Atonement on that one day. As Y’shua is our High Priest after the Order of Melchizedek (King of Righteousness, Malki Zedokh), He is the one that brings our prayers to His Father, which is in heaven. No one comes to the Father except through Y’shua.
Ibr’im /Hebrews |
24 For Moshiach is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of Elohim for us:
25 Nor yet that He should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;
18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Y’shua,
20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, His flesh;
21 And having an high priest over the house of Elohim;
22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water (the mikveh).
To this day, the prayers of the saints are still reaching Elohim through our Lord Kohan Gadol.